How Recreational Drugs Have Impacted America 's Culture And Society

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How Recreational Drugs Have Impacted America’s Culture and Society
As Edgar Allen Poe once said, “ I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so many indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.” The American writer’s quote provides insight to why drug use is prevalent in American society. Originally, most individuals takes part in drug use as a distraction, numbing the pain that lies in other aspects of their life. Despite one’s motives being innocent, into an ugly monster that is never full; addiction. The constant craving rocks one’s world as getting a fix soon becomes the top priority. This report dives deeper into the negative effects of recreational drug use over the last 55 years, with a microscopic focus regarding American culture and society. Similar to an onion, recreational drugs have layers as well. Though, not edible layers but layers of extremity. They vary like the colors of the rainbow, for example; marijuana is less harmful and used more frequently than a harsher stimulant such as, crack. However, unlike an onion, all layers of substance abuse are destroying one’s health being as they are not beneficial to any aspect of an individual. America’s most popular drugs became trendy in the 1950’s-1960’s, with exception of weed…

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